Leading

Small Business Tips and Ideas for Leadership and Working with People

When it comes to running a small business, leadership is of the utmost importance. Employees look to you for guidance and to set the tone for your company. Learn more about what it means to be an effective leader with the articles in this section, which cover topics such as employee management, hiring and firing, and team building.

The Pros and Cons of Sharing Company Ownership with your Employees

When you have worked hard to establish and build your small business, why in the world would you consider sharing the ownership of that business with your employees? The answer is the same answer you use in making your other business decisions—it could be good for business. First, the term "ownership" can be confusing. It is important to understand that offering your … [Read more...]

Why Staffing Companies Are Your Best Bet for New Employees

Any business owner or manager that has ever had to hire a new employee knows just how tedious and costly the process can be. From creating a job description and advertising to interviews and screenings, there is a lot to get done. Though it’s certainly important to take your time in selecting the right person for the job, the more time and money you spend, the less energy and … [Read more...]

Face to Face: An Interview with Dr. Cheryl Bauman

In an interview with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart, Dr. Cheryl Bauman discusses why face-to-face communication is still important in business, even in this digital age. While Dr. Bauman recognizes that digital forms of communication are here to stay, she makes the case that it is worth the extra time and inconvenience to meet face to face with employees, clients, and … [Read more...]

Hiring Smart: An Interview with Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson, creator of the Ultimate Hiring System, is the guest on this edition of Monday Morning Radio. Employee turnover is a problem in many businesses, large and small. A recent study has shown that only 19% of new hires are considered “successful,” making it important for small business owners to learn strategies that will help them hire the right people for the right … [Read more...]

7 Thought-Provoking Reasons to Mentor Others

Within a year of graduating from college, I was extremely happy to land a job working as a caseworker for the local domestic relations section of the court. And while I was fairly confident in my abilities, overall proud of the work that I put out and the accomplishments I made (such as resolving over $3 million in back-due child support), the reality is that a great deal of my … [Read more...]

Small Business Employee Handbooks: The Pros and Cons

Whether you’re just now setting up your small business or simply trying to make your current one operate that much better, one of the decisions you must make is whether or not to create an employee handbook. The U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) refers to an employee handbook as “an important communication tool between you and your employees.” As such, it holds various … [Read more...]

What to Include in an Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is an essential tool to running your small business more effectively. A well-written handbook lets your employees know what you expect of them, and it describes what they can expect from you in return. However, as a busy small business owner, you may not know where to start when it comes to deciding what to put into your manual and what to leave out. … [Read more...]